STAR property tax credit popular but confusing for homeowners
The state's STAR property tax credit is popular, but the program can be difficult for homeowners to understand.
This year, there is a different way homeowners will be receiving their rebate.
Anyone who bought a home after Aug. 1, 2015 and is eligible for a STAR rebate will be getting an actual check in the mail. The state says it started sending out the rebate checks in September and they should arrive by Dec. 31.
Everyone else who qualifies will still see the amount deducted upfront from their local school property tax bill. It's about $130 for most families.
Confusion over the program has led to phone calls flooding some local legislative offices. Many have questions about filing deadlines, income eligibility and how they are going to get their money.
Many local lawmakers across Long Island are offering tax rebate workshops in their communities to help homeowners who have questions. The state has established a tax rebate hotline for those who do not receive a check by Dec. 31. The number is 518-457-2036.